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Sunday, February 17, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #17






An adult heart pumps more than a gallon of blood per minute- enough to fill 38,000 drinking glasses each day!  [Cleveland Clinic]

Saturday, February 16, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #16



Happy birthday, EKG!  This vital medical instrument was invented 114 years ago and revolutionized the way in which heart problems are detected.  [Cleveland Clinic]

Thursday, February 14, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #14





Your heart looks nothing like a Valentine heart.  This powerhouse organ is actually shaped more like an upside-down pear.  [Cleveland Clinic]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #12





Healthy heart, health mind.  Good heart health when you're young may increase your chances of staying mentally sharp as you age.  [American Heart Association]

Saturday, February 9, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #9





The No. 1 killer of women in America is heart disease.  It's more deadly each year than all forms of cancer combined.  Some 43 million American women have heart disease, although females comprise only 24 percent of all heart-related study participants.  [American Heart Association]

Thursday, February 7, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #7


About 1 in every 6 U.S. healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease each year.  It's the most costly condition in America.  When you factor in lost productivity, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates heart disease and stroke costs our country more than $320 billion a year.  [Centers for Disease control and Prevention]

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #6

Did you know that an octopus has three hearts but a jellyfish doesn't have a heart at all?  Two of the hearts in an octopus pump blood (it happens to be the color blue) to the gills, while the third circulates it throughout the rest of the body. [NOAA]

Monday, February 4, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #4

A woman's heart typically beats faster than a man's.  On average, a woman's heart beats 78 times per minute while the average man's beats 70 times.  [Chilnick, Lawrence. 2008. Heart Disease:  An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. Philadelphia, PA: Perseus Books Group.]

Sunday, February 3, 2019

HEART HEALTH FACT #3

Each year 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.  Knowing the warning signs increase your chances of survival.

Sadly, only 27% of people can identify all the major symptoms of a heart attack and know to call 911 immediately when they occur.  Immediate action saves lives!  According to the CDC, the major signs of a heart attack are:
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats
[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]